November 20th, 2010 by Kidsmomo
Today, we have a guest book review from a friend of ours, Brent Lazo. He’s a huge sports fan and has even written for a sporting news website, so when we got a copy of the newest book from Sports Illustrated Kids, we knew he’d be just the right person to give it a spin. Check out his take on the book:
Ever wonder what it’s like inside your favorite team’s locker room? Well, it’s probably not that different from the one you have in your school gym — wait, you DO get your own personal flat-screen HDTV and Playstation 3, right? Okay, maybe not, but each player on the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks does! And this is just one of the very cool inside looks at the world of sports in Sports Illustrated Kids All Access.
The book gives you three unique views into professional sports, from the athletes that wow us, to the amazing state-of-the-art places where it all goes down and the gear these athletes can’t do without. You’ve probably seen Derek Jeter hit a baseball, but do you have any idea how his bat was made? Did you know that every bat Jeter uses is etched with his signature, and that he goes through about 100 of them each season? Sports Illustrated Kids All Access even shows you a close-up view of what actually makes up the inside of the baseball that Jeter is trying to smash into the outfield bleacher seats at Yankee Stadium.
I really enjoyed Sports Illustrated Kids All Access. It’s very visual, and the great detailed photos make you feel like you’re right there in the thick of the action. One of my favorite parts of the book is the Places section. You go behind Fenway Park’s famed Green Monster to see how one of two remaining manual scoreboards in the MLB is operated during game time, and take a look at how the crew at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center can turn an ice hockey arena into a basketball venue in just a few hours. I’ve always been amazed by the magnitude of professional sporting events, so learning about some of these inner workings was pretty awesome.
If you like sports, then you’ll probably enjoy Sports Illustrated Kids All Access as much as I did. It’s a book that you just might find yourself flipping back through the next time you watch your favorite team play.
Brent enjoys music, sports, the Charlotte Bobcats, and reading nonfiction; and he used to carry a 204 bowling average. These days, he can often be found training for his next half-marathon.
Review copy provided by the publisher.